TRENTON— At 4:20 p.m. on 4/20, Ed “N.J. Weedman” Forchion and marijuana legalization protesters held a public “smoke-out” outside the Statehouse in Trenton to draw attention to marijuana policies.
Forchion lead the group today in a protest for full legalization of marijuana as participants lit up joints and ate weed brownies on West State Street.
An inflatable Gov. Chris Christie doll was propped next to signs that read “Kids Who Need Medical Marijuana Live in Colorado or Die in New Jersey,” criticizing the governor’s stance on medical marijuana.
Forchion, a marijuana activist for nearly 20 years, asked Christie in November to grant executive clemency and waive his unusual staggered prison term for marijuana use that prevents him from receiving medical treatment for cancerous tumors.
He reported to the Burlington County Jail to serve a 270-day staggered jail sentence earlier last year, with 20 20-day periods of incarceration separated by 10-day periods of release in order to allow Forchion to receive treatment for cancerous giant cell tumors in his legs.
Forchion said he needs medical marijuana to ease his pain, and he’ll go to California if he can to get it legally.
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